Ideas guests

Paola Antonelli, Chris Christie, Common, Karl Rove

Aspen Ideas Festival has announced a partial list of speakers for the June 23-29 event that brings together business, cultural, education and political leaders.

Among the headliners are Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey; Jon Batiste, the artistic director at large of the National Jazz Museum; former Mexican president Vicente Fox; United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz; Dennis Muilenburg, chairman, president and CEO of the Boeing Company; former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan; and Paola Antonelli, senior curator, department of architecture and design, Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

“Speakers and attendees will engage with many of the most pressing challenges facing our world today, including the breakdown of the international political status quo, climate change and growing social and economic divides in the U.S.,” says a press release from The Aspen Institute, which puts on the festival along with The Atlantic magazine. “And as in previous years, speakers will also explore timeless questions around art, science and philosophy.”

The festival is divided into 10 tracks, including “American Reckoning, American Renewal,” “Pushing the Limits of Human Performance” and “Next World Order.”

Jon Purves, spokesperson for The Aspen Institute, said he was particularly excited for program tracks focusing on the art of storytelling and innovation and design. These tracks help to ensure that science and culture run through the festival, along with discussions of current events, business and politics.

Building the festival that attracts over 3,000 speakers and thousands of attendees starts with organizers determining what the tracks should be, then inviting speakers. The last step is setting the actual schedule for the event, which doesn’t come together until the final weeks leading up to the kickoff.

“We want to be flexible and make room for interesting new voices,” Purves said.

More speakers will be announced in the next two months, he added.

Passes to the festival are available on the website.

Aspen Ideas Festival will include individually ticketed events as well, but that lineup will not be announced until mid-June.

A complete list of the speakers announced to date is available at Speakers announced Tuesday include:

  • Paola Antonelli, senior curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
  • Jon Batiste, artistic director at large, pianist and bandleader, National Jazz Museum, Harlem

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran minister and public theologian; author of “Shameless: A Sexual Reformation”

  • Raj Chetty, professor of economics, Harvard University

  • Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey

  • Common, musician

  • Bob Corker, former chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee; former U.S. Senator, R-Tennessee

  • Mary Daly, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

  • Nigel Kim Darroch, British ambassador to the United States

  • Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock

  • Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico

  • Masha Gessen, American-Russian journalist

  • Gita Gopinath, chief economist, International Monetary Fund

  • Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO, National Women’s Law Center

  • Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist; columnist, The Atlantic; author, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone”

  • Heidi Heitkamp, former U.S. Senator, D-North Dakota

  • John Hoke, chief design officer, Nike

  • Alex Honnold, professional rock climber; author, “Alone on the Wall”

  • Walter Isaacson, professor, Tulane University

  • Jeh Johnson, secretary, Department of Homeland Security

  • Kevin Love, player, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Dennis Muilenburg, chairman, president and CEO, The Boeing Company

  • Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines

  • Craig Newmark, founder,

  • Rob Reich, professor of political science, Stanford University

  • Paul Romer, 2018 Nobel Prize winner in economics

  • Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor George W. Bush White House

  • Matt Ryan, quarterback and team captain, Atlanta Falcons

  • Laurie Santos, professor of psychology; director, Comparative Cognition Laboratory, Yale University

  • Dani Shapiro, author, “Inheritance”

  • Ed Stack, CEO, Dick’s Sporting Goods

  • Darren Walker, president,Ford Foundation

  • Tara Westover, author, “Educated”

Joining headline speakers and participating in the festival will be hundreds of scholars from all over the United States and around the world, selected for their work, accomplishments and ability to transform ideas into action, the release adds.